Tagged: Green For All

Green Jobs Promoter Van Jones Resigns Amidst Controversy


Van Jones, Special Adviser at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and green jobs and Founder & President, Green For All, resigned from his position over the weekend.

While President Obama endures accusations of being a socialist, Van Jones endured accusations of being a communist. Statements he made in the past about having “radical” ideas or being a communist have surfaced due to right wing efforts. Jones “apologized on Thursday after videotape surfaced of him using a crude epithet to describe Republicans and amid revelations he had signed a petition suggesting U.S. government involvement in the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.” ~reuters.com

Green Jobs: Hope or Hype? An interview with Van Jones

Check out this video of Van Jones on NOW with David Brancaccio on the episode Green Jobs: Hope or Hype? explaining what green jobs are and how they might help lift the U.S. out of this economic downturn. He also explains he was never a “czar”.

Jones’ resignation letter was released to the media. In it he said: “On the eve of historic fights for Continue reading

Check Your Dictionaries, “Green Collar” Has Been Added


Publisher Merriam-Webster has offered new words for 2009 to be entered into their dictionaries. “Many of the new words address: concerns about the environment (carbon footprint, green collar), government activities (earmark, waterboarding),” and “pop culture (docusoap, fan fiction, flash mob, reggaeton)”. This year it seems there is some controversy though and not just from grammar cops like me. Green collar job promoters Green For All object to the popular dictionary’s definition of “green jobs”.

According to greenforall.org:

The dictionary defines “green-collar” as:

‘of, relating to, or involving actions for protecting the natural environment’.

This definition falls flat in a couple of different ways. Chief among them is that “Green-collar” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense unless it is in reference to jobs and the economy.

If dictionaries quoted organizations, Merriam-Webster could just use this simple Green For All definition:

A green-collar job is a blue-collar job, upgraded to improve the environment and fight climate change.”

In the greenforall.org article “Green-collar” defined… incorrectly.” “green collar” is further defined in relation to the phrase “blue collar”.

Among the new words is also the word vlog which I can define for you right now as a video blog. Check vlogger Jay Smooth’s thoughts on pop life, race matters and John Mayer.

Merriam-Webster has also seen fit to “redefine” marriage by adding a second definition. True story. Never mind jokes about Adam and Steve and “no homo”, this has some conservatives pretty cranky. To read more check out “Gay marriage gets recognition – in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary” at nydailynews.com.

Here’s the complete list of new words for 2009 merriam-webster.com

GREEN FACT: Green For All founder, The Great Van Jones, now works for President Obama and you as Special Advisor, White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

Green Jobs For All Now… Including You?

solar panels installed
Photo Credit: solar panels on a 15th century old manor by Eric Delalonde

Van Jones, founder of Green For All, has been an advocate of what we as of late have rather casually been calling “green jobs”. My understanding is that green jobs include what is called retro fitting and building weatherization upgrades. In their words Green For All “promotes green-collar jobs and opportunities for the disadvantaged. Its mission is to build an inclusive, green economy – strong enough to resolve the ecological crisis and lift millions of people out of poverty.”

I like the idea of knocking out several birds with one stone (yeah, I said it PETA!). I’ve been inspired by their message and it seems some of their work has paid off. Continue reading